LYONS FALLS — The Adirondack Community Chorus will perform “Broadway Tells Our Stories,” a concert of Broadway songs from the second half of the 20th century to the present day, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, at the Forest Presbyterian Church.
Peg Nuspliger will direct the concert and Michael Ferris will act as master of ceremonies. Percussion will be provided by Bill Sawyer and piano accompaniment will be provided by both Sylvia Fici and Ruth Hedeen. The shared piano accompaniment will include a four-handed duet for “Rhythm of Life” from “Sweet Charity” (1966).
The songs in “Broadway Tells Our Stories” were chosen for their musical artistry and for their common thread of illuminating meaning to both ordinary and extraordinary circumstances.
The concert begins with lines from “Something Rotten” (2015), a musical set in the time of Shakespeare. Ferris portrays the nephew of Nostradamus the seer, who explains to the somewhat skeptical character of Nick, portrayed by Todd Galarneau, that someday audiences will come in droves to see plays punctuated by or entirely performed in music. This leads the chorus into the number “A Musical,” which was performed at the Tony Awards when “Something Rotten” was nominated for Best Musical.
Several classic pieces, such as “Let Me Entertain You” from “Gypsy” (1959) and “Try to Remember” from the “Fantasticks” (1960 — the longest-running musical in the world), will likely be familiar to many concertgoers. The selections from award-winning musicals span the decades from “Gypsy” and the “Fantasticks” to now, including “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked” (2003) and “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Our Story” from “Hamilton” (2015). The latter two shows are still being performed on Broadway today.
The Adirondack Youth Choir, consisting of about 15 elementary students from Adirondack Central School’s fourth grade Music Club, will sing “Happiness” from “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” (1967) under the direction of music teacher Claire Haile.
Soloists include John DeRoos, Michael Ferris, Todd Galarneau, Margaret Haenlin, Claire Haile, Brian Johnston, Steve Kennison, Jonathan Kornmeyer, Don Mallette, Terry Marcy, Jason Matteson, Megan O’Brien, Andrea Radesi and Chris Scouten.
Rebekah Hedeen, Evy Simanowski, Michael Ferris and Anna Engstrom will be dancing, and Engstrom is the concert choreographer.
There is no cost to attend. Any free-will donations made to the ACC will go toward the purchase of music for future concerts and are tax deductible.